In South East Queensland, we live in a climate of extremes. And part of living here means being ready to adapt our water use in times of drought and flood.

It is important we develop good water habits so we have enough to meet future demand.

On 24 March 2017, we released our Autumn Water Outlook 2017 for South East Queensland - Getting drought ready. The forecast tells us that replenishing rainfall for our dams might not be on the way soon - so what can we do to prepare for a possible drought?

While voluntary water conservations measures or mandatory water restrictions are not currently in place, there are simple things you can do around home, school and work to be water efficient.

Outdoors:

  • Avoid watering the garden in the heat of the day and use a good mulch
  • Keep the pool cover on when the pool is not in use
  • Use tank water for watering the garden and topping up the pool
  • Check for concealed leaks on your property
  • Wash your car on the lawn.

Indoors:

  • Install water efficient devices and appliances
  • Take shorter showers
  • Do full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher
  • Don't leave the tap running to brush your teeth or rinse fruit and vegetables - half fill the sink instead
  • Fix leaking taps and toilets as soon as possible.

For more great tips on how to be water efficient, check out our water service provider partners:

Unitywater - http://www.unitywater.com.au/Water-Checklist

Queensland Urban Utilities - https://www.urbanutilities.com.au/residential/help-and-advice/water-efficiency

City of Gold Coast - http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/environment/water-wastewater-7844.html

Redland City Council - https://www.redland.qld.gov.au/info/20156/water_and_sewerage

Logan City Council - http://www.logan.qld.gov.au/environment-water-and-waste/water